The Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation applied for and received an Economic Development Administration Technical Assistance and Planning grant. This grant will allow the EDC to hire a professional firm to devise a planning strategy for its Air and Industrial Park in order to attract firms, generate jobs, and help identify key areas of infrastructure investment. “These grants are highly competitive and a key tool to assist the EDC in positioning itself for business attraction”, stated EDC President Chris Olson. “This project will also directly tie into the recent efforts between the City of Sault Ste. Marie EDC and the Chippewa County EDC on expansion of the existing Foreign Trade Zone, to encompass all of Chippewa County”. The recommendations provided will help identify key areas of infrastructure investment and provide professionally-prepared evidence describing the business case for the EUP.
The EDC was successful in obtaining this grant with the assistance of the Eastern Upper Peninsula Regional Planning. “This EDA planning investment is integral for economic growth in Chippewa County, as evidenced by the Transportation Logistics Strategy that the Commission recently completed, which identified a need vertical assets (buildings) for prospective development”, said CEO Jeff Hagan of the Regional Planning Commission.
The Chippewa County EDC’s mission is to encourage economic growth through strengthening the county’s competitive position and facilitating investments that build capacity, create jobs, generate economic opportunity and improve quality of life. The Chippewa County EDC also manages the Chippewa County International Airport and the Kincheloe Industrial Park.
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